Dalbergia latifolia roxb
Other Common Names
Shisham, Indian Rosewood, Bombay Blackwood
Indian peninsula scattered in the dry deciduous forests
On favorable sites, trees reach a height of 100 feet, with clear, cylindrical boles 35 to 50 feet in length; diameters may reach 5 feet, more often 2.5 feet or less.
Heartwood varying in color from golden brown to dark purple brown with darker streaks giving an attractive figure; sapwood yellowish often with purplish tinge, sharply demarcated.
Grain narrowly interlocked; texture moderately coarse; luster low; fragrant when freshly cut but without distinctive odor or taste when seasoned.
Moderately difficult to work with hand and machine tools because of the high density; chalky deposits, if present, will dull cutters; glues well and takes an excellent finish.
Fine furniture and cabinetwork, musical instruments, turnery.
Likely to be quite expensive, its price should be comparable to other similar rosewoods.